The Argentine talisman pens another history on Sunday evening after becoming the first Argentine to net five goals in a single international match since 1942.
Messi scores twice in the first half and three times in the second against Estonia in a friendly encounter yesterday night at Pamplona to extend their joy in the week after their victory against Italy at Wembley, last Wednesday.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner becomes the first Argentine to register five goals in a game since Jose Manuel Moreno against Ecuador in 1942.
Messi opens the goals of the evening at Estadio El Sadar in Pamplona from the penalty spot in the eighth minute. He sends the keeper the wrong way and places the ball easily into the left down corner.
Argentina continues to dominate against Estonia as Messi grabs his second on the brink of half-time.
The PSG forward receives a defense splitting pass from his teammate, Papu Gomez, which was converted into the top corner from a closer range.
Two minutes into the second half and Messi seals a hat-trick with a simple finish as he meets a pull out cross from his right back mate, Nahuel Molina’s which he turns it into the net.
Messi scores his fourth for the night in the 71st minute, after a stunning tease from rounding goalkeeper Matvei Igonen before netting.
The 34-year-old finishes his evening in style by scoring Argentina’s fifth of the night with just five minutes after the fourth.
Messi’s 86 goals for Argentina elevates him to fourth place in the ladder of highest goalscorers in the history of men’s international football.
He’s now above Hungary’s finest, Ferenc Puskas (84 goals) and is only trailing Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari (89), Iran’s Ali Daei (109) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (117).
This result spells an exciting week for Argentina who beat European champions Italy 3-0 in Finalissima at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi is the first man to score five goals in a single European Cup / Champions League game and a senior international game.
The Messi stings still stinks.
Story by Enoch Nana Yaw Dei Lartey